July 05, 2010

4th July, 2010

4th July, 2010

Well the weekend was a huge success. We had over seventy people pass through the meadow over the two days.

On the Saturday we talked to many people who all thought the sculpture was beautiful and a great addition to the meadow. They also loved having the bee hives around and many were fascinated by the bees. They also loved the posters made by Year 5 and Year 6 Cannon Park Primary School which were hung around our stand.

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On Sunday Roger Wilkes came over with his observation hive and this was a huge hit. People ranging from 1 to 93 years old were enthralled and enjoyed looking for the queen. Roger was brilliant at explaining all about the lives and workings of the bees and hive.

“I liked seeing the bees because I didn’t know very much about bees before, but now I do. And bees are dying out so it’s nice to see someone trying to save them.”  Ellie Bird (aged 12)

“A lot of things I didn’t know about hive destruction, very enlightening.” Nick Coltro (A physics student at the University)

Most of the visitors to our stand were from the local community, regular walkers or dog walkers. They had some great comments.

“As a regular walker in this area, I love the addition of the bee-hives as it will help the wild flowers etc! The sculpture is really different!!!” Lindsey Blundell

“It’s really nice to see such a beautiful sculpture when you are walking your dog.” Laura Payre

People were asking why the sculpture was only going to be up for two weeks and made the following comments.

“Inspiring sculpture. Brings nature to man and vice versa. Works well with the natural surroundings.” E M Lawton

“Really enjoyed The Fox Glove Sculpture and it should definitely be allowed to be a permanent addition.” John Budell – neighbour and dogwalker

“Beautiful addition to this tranquil spot it woud be lovely to see it permanently installed.” L Cristeferlie

“This sculpture is amazing. Brilliant work.” Jenny Freeman

“Love the sculpture!” Charlie

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The most pleasing thing of all was that people really got what we were doing. They saw that the planting of the wildflowers, the siting of the bee hives and the addition of the sculpture all marked the area as an important environmental project, which was part of the community and for the community.

“A super project – for the whole community, not only laudable but beautiful too. I do hope the sculpture can stay put as it really sets off an area of special interest and is sympathetic to the natural surroundings.”

Helen Ware

“Great to see such beautiful art linked to environmental issues – and bringing all that to the local communities, both local residents and university students. The foxglove is really impressive and fits in well with the natural surroundings – I hope it can stay in place for longer! Wonderful to see bees at work.” Hilary Dent

Wendy and I will be at the meadow again on Tuesday morning from 10:00 to 1:00pm so come along and meet us.

Ann Loscombe


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